- The definition of a till is a drawer or tray that a retailer would use to store his money.
An example of a till is a cash register.
- Till means until.
An example of till is someone saying they aren't able to leave work before they finish a project, till they finish a project.
- Till is defined as to prepare land for crops to be planted by plowing and fertilizing.
An example of to till is turning over the soil in a garden.
- Now Scot. up to the place of; as far as
Origin of tillMiddle English from Old English til, akin to ON, to, till, OE, fitness: for Indo-European base see till
Origin of tillMiddle English tillen from Old English tilian, literally , to strive for, work for, akin to German zielen, to aim, strive, ziel, point aimed at from Indo-European base an unverified form ad-, to order, establish
- a drawer or tray for keeping money
- ready cash
Origin of tillearlier tille from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle English tillen, to draw, reach from Old English
Origin of tilluncertain or unknown; perhaps variant, variety of Middle English thill, substratum of clay from uncertain or unknown; perhaps thille, a board, flooring; akin to diele from Indo-European base an unverified form tel-, flat surface from source Classical Latin tellus, earth
transitive verbtilled, till·ing, tills
Origin of tillMiddle English tillen from Old English tilian
Origin of tillMiddle English from Old English til from Old Norse
Usage Note: Till and until are generally interchangeable in both writing and speech, though as the first word in a sentence until is usually preferred: Until you get that paper written, don't even think about going to the movies. • Till is actually the older word, with until having been formed by the addition to it of the prefix un-, meaning “up to.” In the 1700s, the spelling 'till became fashionable, as if till were a shortened form of until. Although 'till is now nonstandard, 'til is sometimes used in this way and is considered acceptable, though it is etymologically incorrect.
- A drawer, small chest, or compartment for money, as in a store.
- A supply of money; a purse.
Origin of tillMiddle English tille
Origin of tillOrigin unknown
- until, until the time that
- Maybe you can, maybe you can't: you won't know till you try.
From Middle English tillen "to draw" from Old English -tyllan (as in betyllan "to lure, decoy," and fortyllan "draw away;" related to tollian). Or alternatively from Anglo-Norman tylle "compartment" from Old French tille "compartment, shelter on a ship" from Old Norse Ã¾ilja "plank." Cognate with Albanian ndjell (“I lure, attract").
(third-person singular simple present tills, present participle tilling, simple past and past participle tilled)
Old English tilian
Unknown, but possibly via etymology 3 (the verb) because alluvial deposit is used as a fertilizer.
Shortened from lentil.